it a judgment problem, by reid and all democrats. >> they exercised such extraordinary bad judgment, not just in what they've said, but in what they've done. >> reporter: in neva, reid seemed to admit the claim in the book "game change," that in '08, ameras caught embrace a black candidate, especially one with black skin. >> i apologize to everyone. >> reporter: worst than the words, said some promine african-americans, is that they're true. >> lighter-skinned blacks were treated to better privileges because they were closer in approximating white culture. they were more acceptable and tolerable. >> reporter: some says they wish president obama would address that, head-on. no sign that will happen. the president said the average person, white or black, cares more about fixing health care and unemployment than about reid's comments two years ago. in washington, brooke hart, nbc news. this morning, republican senator john mccain is responding to those calls for senator reid to step down.